Here’s how Democratic leaders in Congress are responding to Barr’s summary of the Mueller report

After Attorney General William Barr delivered his four-page summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report, the reactions from Democratic politicians indicate that they won’t be satisfied with a summary created by Trump’s hand-picked leader of the Justice Department.

Their reaction is not surprising particularly since Barr quotes the Special Counsel as saying “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

Mueller also left it to the Attorney General to make the decision as to whether Trump’s behavior ever ventured into a criminally prosecutable level of obstruction of justice, which Barr promptly decided in favor of the president.

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While Speaker of The House Nancy Pelosi has not released a statement on the Mueller report since Barr sent his summary, she made her wishes to see the entire report and all the evidence used to compile it quite clear yesterday when she announced that she would reject a classified briefing on the results until Congress was granted full access to the materials.

Other Democratic leaders echoed Speaker Pelosi’s stance on the wisdom of merely accepting the interpretation of the report made by a Trump administration insider who was selected for his role especially because of his published stance on expansive executive branch power. They universally called for Barr to release the full report to the public.

Most of the Democratic senatorial presidential hopefuls weighed in on Twitter with calls for full transparency

The leaders of House Committees still actively conducting their own investigations into the president weighed in as well.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Nadler’s vow to call Attorney General Barr in to testify in front of his committee proves that the fallout from the Mueller investigation

Other Democratic legislators piled on as well.

It’s clear at this point that as long as the full Mueller report remains unavailable for the public to see in its entirety, Trump’s Republican supporters will focus on the first portion of Mueller’s — “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime”  — while the Democrats will be focusing on the second half of that sentence — “it also does not exonerate him.”

Either way, it appears that despite the filing of the final report the controversy over the Mueller investigation is far from over.

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